The first hole of the 20-for-3 playoff for the final match-play spots at the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur is completed. Three players have been eliminated, including Jeronimo Esteve, who we featured a couple of days ago. Esteve made a double-bogey 6 at the par-4 10th hole. Also eliminated were Bryan Hoops and Jamie Looper, who may have one of the best last names in the field, at least when it refers to golf. No word yet if Looper plans to caddie for any of the remaining competitors.
The remaining 17 players have moved over to the par-4 18th hole. Three spots are still available.